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fastai makes deep learning with PyTorch faster, more accurate, and easier

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The fastai deep learning library. See the fastai website to get started.

Note for students

If you are using fastai for any course, please do NOT install fastai from pip or conda using the instructions below; the instructions below are for fastai v1, but the courses use fastai 0.7. For the courses, you should simply follow the instructions in the course (i.e. clone this repo, cd to it, and conda env update), and the notebooks will work (there is a symlink to old/fastai/, which is fastai 0.7, in each course notebook directory).

Is My System Supported?

  1. Python: You need to have python 3.6 or higher

  2. Operating System:

    Since fastai-1.0 relies on pytorch-1.0, you need to be able to install pytorch-1.0 first.

    As of this moment's pre-1.0.0 version (torch-nightly) supports:

    • linux: fully
    • mac: CPU-only
    • windows: not supported

    This will change once pytorch 1.0.0 is released and installable packages made available for your system, which could take some time after the official release is made. Please watch for updates here.

    If your system is currently not supported, please consider installing and using the very solid "v0" version of fastai. Please see the instructions.

Conda Install

To install fastai with pytorch-nightly + CUDA 9.2 simply run:

conda install -c pytorch -c fastai fastai pytorch-nightly cuda92

If your setup doesn't have CUDA support remove the cuda92 above (in which case you'll only be able to train on CPU, not GPU, which will be much slower). For different versions of the CUDA toolkit, you'll need to install the appropriate CUDA conda package based on what you've got installed on your system (i.e. instead of cuda92 in the above, pick the appropriate option for whichever toolkit version you have installed; to see a list of options type: conda search "cuda*" -c pytorch).

NB: We are currently using a re-packaged torchvision in order to support pytorch-nightly, which is required for using fastai.

If your system doesn't have CUDA, you can install the CPU-only torch build:

conda install -c pytorch -c fastai fastai pytorch-nightly==1.0.0.dev20180928=py3.6_cpu_0

PyPI Install

First install the nightly pytorch build, e.g. for CUDA 9.2:

pip install torch_nightly -f

If you have a different CUDA version find the right build here. Choose Preview/Linux/Pip/python3.6|python3.7 and your CUDA version and it will give you the correct install instruction.

Next, install a custom torchvision build, that is built against torch_nightly.

pip install --index-url --extra-index-url torchvision==0.2.1.post1

Now you can install fastai. Note, that this is a beta test version at the moment, please report any issues:

pip install fastai

Sometimes, the last pip command still tries to get torch-0.4.1. If that happens to you, do:

pip uninstall torchvision fastai
pip install --no-deps torchvision
pip install fastai

Developer Install

First, follow the instructions above for either PyPi or Conda. Then remove the fastai package (pip uninstall fastai or conda uninstall fastai) and replace it with a pip editable install:

git clone
cd fastai
pip install -e .
pip install jupyter_contrib_nbextensions ipywidgets

You can test that the build works:

jupyter nbconvert --execute --ExecutePreprocessor.timeout=600 --to notebook examples/tabular.ipynb

Please refer to and the developers guide for more details.


Copyright 2017 onwards,, Inc. Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. A copy of the License is provided in the LICENSE file in this repository.


1.0.0 (2018-10-01)

  • Released on Conda and Pypi

1.0.0.beta1 (2018-09-22)

  • First release on PyPI.

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